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Men’s Shoes for Summer

During the winter months, shoe choices are a bit simpler to navigate. Options are generally focused around closed toe, heavier selections. Boots and loafers in durable materials are go-to choices and dark tones dominate the color scheme. Yet come the switch to the warmer months of spring and summer, the variety of shoe selection widens, leaving a larger room for error.

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The first element that switches up the seasonal shoe game is the practicality of temperature shifts. As there’s nothing quite as uncool let alone uncomfortable as sweaty feet, this is the first obstacle to be dealt with.

Although some cases of leather are still options for summer (ideally softer leathers such as nappa or lambskin), the solstice season is a great time for lighter, more breathable materials such as canvas. A good low cut canvas sneaker will bring an air of casualness to any outfit and can be paired with your basic beachwear such as cut off shorts and a dropped armhole tank. At the same time, canvas sneakers go swimmingly with a pair of chino twill trousers for city summer style. Try a pair in a to-the-minute color such as a rust or burnt yellow tone and roll the hem of your pants to your ankle for a look that’s on point and on trend.

Soft leathers can actually be pretty wearable in the summer, especially on a pair of shoes where the design is a little bit more open. Rubber soled leather boat shoes go way beyond the docks, go with virtually any summer attire and usually feature softer, more breathable leathers. Moccasins are another summer must have – especially these days as a slew of hybrid styles have brought moc-styling to summer loafers.

Another great leather choice is a good pair of sandals. Be careful here, however, as there is definitely a right and wrong when it comes to men’s sandals.  The ultimate ‘Fashion Don’t’ for men’s footwear (aside from wearing socks with your sandals, but you already knew that) is the Birkenstock or anything resembling one.

Boring and unflattering, the Birkenstock is an automatic clash with any attempt at style.  Instead, opt for something a bit more updated such as a woven closed-toe version as seen on the runways of Louis Vuitton for Spring/Summer ’12 or a pair with sophisticated simplicity such as the black leather Hikari sandals by Y-3 Yohji Yamamoto.

Just because it’s hot out, however, doesn’t mean you have to forgo boots all together. Pick up a pair that feature cut out detailing that will update your style to the minute as well as add a bit of ventilation to ensure a comfortable wear.

The Neil Barrett Hybrid Desert Boot has all the urban toughness of a good boot but embraces the summer vibe full on. Although a bit pricey (they’ll run you about 675.00), the cut out trend isn’t going to be going anywhere soon which guarantees you will get your money’s worth in wear – not to mention shoes like these will definitely get you noticed by all the right people.

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About Tienlyn Jacobson Tienlyn Jacobson is a musician, stylist and fashion writer. She has lived in numerous cities including Melbourne, New York and Los Angeles but considers San Francisco to be her home. She writes for a number of publications such as Fashionising, Beauty and Style, Denim Magazine and the Chaos Magazine blog.

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